Our Services

We’re not just your lawyers. We are your go-to experts on business management, operations, and growth.Here are some areas we excel in.

Ask #MattTheLawyer Monthly Plan

Did you ever want to ask a lawyer a question but were too scared about the cost? This is the plan for you. For just $150/month you get meterless conversations with #MatTheLawyer from the Johnston Business Law Group. We are offering this service at a discounted rate as a “recovery special” during the COVID-19 crisis because we are passionate about helping businesses get back on their feet. In the Ask #MattTheLawyer plan you get: schedule 15-min phone or video calls, unlimited email communication, and personalized video replies. Plan members get 15% off hourly fees and 10% off all flat fee services. Ask about our discounts for nonprofits.

Small Biz Startup Plan

All you need to legally start that business of yours: state registration, single member limited liability company operating agreement, EIN registration, trade name registrations (if needed), state tax account registration (if needed), and Website Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Also includes up to 3 contract reviews, up to two hours per month of responding to email communications for the first 3 months, and a 1-hour check-in consultation at three months. Also benefit from discounted rates on additional phone or in person consultations and other legal services.

Nonprofit Startup Plan

Let us guide you along the way of starting your nonprofit. With the Nonprofit Startup Plan, we take care of the entire registration process. Let us take some weight off of your shoulders and get your nonprofit up and running. Services include: file state registration to become a Nonstock Corporation (includes articles of incorporation), draft your operating agreement, file EIN with the IRS, prepare federal 501c3 application, submit 501c3 status to your state (once 501c3 status is approved by the federal government), up to two hours per month of responding to email communications for the first three months, discounted rates on additional legal services.

Monthly Plans for Small Businesses and Creative Firms

Our general counsel model provides monthly based plans that will give you a streamlined and proactive legal strategy. We offer legal and business advising at a flat monthly rate. That’s right – unlimited meterless communications. This is the most cost-effective way to approach your legal needs and build a relationship with attorneys you can trust. Check out our pricing model to see what services are included or offered at a reduced fee as a general counsel member.

Trademark and Copyright Law

As you build a business and build a brand, you will want to protect that brand. My business is to help you build a business from the very conception of an idea. I will advise and help you obtain trademarks and copyrights to retain your intellectual property. For many businesses, their intellectual property is the most valuable property they own. I will help you protect it. No matter how the long the process might be, I am here to help you retain and protect your intellectual property.

Although I do not provide patent services, I am happy to guide and connect you with competent patent counsel.

* We prepare trademark applications for a flat fee of $375 (does not include trademark office filing fees). After the application is submitted, application tracking and communications with the USPTO are charged on an hourly basis. Depending on the nature of communications from the USPTO, tracking and communications may range from $50 to several thousand dollars.

Clear Contract Drafting

A contract is nothing more than a (hopefully written) description of a business relationship. Like all relationships, business relationships succeed when there is a clear understanding between the parties. Contracts that are clearly written, that establish in understandable language the rights and responsibilities of the parties, and that treat the parties fairly will help you build and maintain quality business relationships.

Unfortunately, most small businesses think that contracts are a hindrance to the sales process. I don’t look at contracts that way, I want to write a contract that gets you to “yes” faster and gets that signature on the contract sooner.

Clear contract drafting is not just about clear language (although that is a big part of the process) it is also about making sure that the contract you present to others a contract that reflects your business culture. Your contract should reflect your business, not your lawyer’s. A contract should not require a law degree to read.

*We prepare the following contracts at a flat fee: Multi-member partnership/operating agreements ($3,000); Single Member LLC Registration; includes gov. fees ($750), Employee Manual ($3,000)

Small Business Employment Law

The relationship between employer and employee is one of the most crucial to establish in a business for the business to flourish. I encourage small businesses to outsource and contract with an HR company and payroll company for essential employee matters. But to assist you,

I will examine your employee classification based on job descriptions and duties.

I will help you properly classify, retain and contract with independent contractors and freelancers, an area of employment that is fraught with dangers.

I will advise you on wage and hour laws and how to maintain compliance.

I will review your employee handbooks, or draft a handbook if you don’t have one, to make sure that you are not in conflict with the law, are complying with the laws that apply, and ensure you don’t create a relationship with your employees that is detrimental in case there is a conflict.

I can draft non-disclosure, non-compete, and non-solicitation agreements.

As you grow, I will keep you advised on laws that affect you as you hire more employees.

Your relationship with your employees is vital and having a great relationship is as much about understanding expectations as it is about personalities.

Healthcare Compliance Monthly Plans

Our healthcare compliance outsourcing packages can help return your focus to where you want it and it needs to be without the worry of compliance issues sneaking up on you.
We work through an initial consult, personalized recommendations, and customized implementation of compliance programs. *Our plans range from $1,000 to $4,000 depending on your practice’s status and needs.